Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla & Coffee Beans
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #65
Ranked #1,007
4.34 | pDev: 9.91%
Apr 14, 2022
Jan 25, 2016
Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla & Coffee BeansDark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla & Coffee Beans
Notes: This special batch was aged in bourbon barrels and conditioned on vanilla beans and whole coffee beans. A truly decadent brew that is intended to be poured into your favorite snifter and given time to warm up from it's dark and cool resting place.

30 IBU
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4.43 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Apr 14, 2022
4.2 by deereless from Colorado on Apr 14, 2022
4.37 by BAsbill from California on Mar 06, 2022
3.83 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Feb 21, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Pours a raspberry-hued black with a finger-and-a-half of dark khaki head. Solid retention before settling into a decent cap. Spotty lacing.

Roast coffee and chocolate, with vanilla and marshmallow behind, are what stand out most in the nose. Maybe a hint of cherry from the bourbon.

Nice vanilla / marshmallow addition throughout the taste. A hint of cherry again from the bourbon. Overall balance, however, is slightly in favor of the roast coffee, which along with some warming alcohol, keep it tasting dark and mature. Touches of raisin and chocolate show, too, as the serving progresses.

Smooth, lush, full-bodied feel. Just enough carbonation slowly cutting through.

Another excellent beer from this brewery.

Jan 29, 2022
4.21 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2022
4.47 by Budlum from Maryland on Jan 15, 2022
4.55 by BLPasch from Michigan on Dec 22, 2021
4.59 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Dec 20, 2021
4.74 by bubseymour from Maryland on Dec 19, 2021
4.28 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Dec 12, 2021
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5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Eddieeight from Ohio

Purchased for $12 from my newly discovered hole-in-the-wall local shop that specializes in stouts, my favorite kind of beer. In fact, they have more stouts than I can imagine. Shout out to Butts and Brews in Canton, OH. Having had Dark Apparition, this was a no-brainer to purchase as I'm certain it's going to be good. It's a little expensive, but at 13.8% and a really fat 12.7 oz bottle that overfilled my snifter, I understand. Plus it's local and i'm an ohio boy so that makes me feel good to keep the bucks in ohio pockets. I poured this straight into my glass and it vigorously responded with a thousand excited dark brown bubbles that just gurgled up and quickly extinguished themselves within seconds. The head was huge, was vigorously alive, then simply disappeared after no time at all. Brew is darkest of browns. Smell is of chocolate, maple syrup, molasses, dark candies, and a fair share of bourbon. And how about that taste. Gigantic sweet brown chocolate, maple, roasted marshmallows, supported by the bourbon, and a huge backbone of the sweetest malt, barely balanced by the bitterness of the finest coffee. Mouthfeel is completely alive with strongly effervescent bubbles, scrubbing the interior of my mouth. The feel is among the best i've experienced from any beer. Overall, this brew has little room for improvement. It is a complete satisfaction of the senses and contains everything a great stout should have. Although on the pricey side, I see this as a beer I could return to again and again on special occasions, much like Bourbon County. What an extraordinary way to spend an ordinary Friday night!

Jul 17, 2021
4.46 by loganburgh from Michigan on Jun 29, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Beersnake1 from California

I love the normal barrel-aged Dark Apparition, so I'm really excited to try this one. Poured from fridge temp, but allowed to warm over 15-20 minutes. Pours dark as night with little head. The nose is spectacular. Coffee jumps out immediately, but is quickly followed by vanilla, sweet caramel, chocolate, molasses, a hint of black licorice, raspberry jam, raisins, and wood. This is a beer that I could sit with for a long time and just smell. Really well done. The taste is not exactly a mirror image of the nose. In fact, I was surprised on the first sip. I would say it is more focused on bitter charred wood and coffee grounds. However, the sweetness comes through after a little bit. Bourbon, dark chocolate, lots of vibrant dark fruit like cherries and blackberries. Maple, vanilla bean, honey, and a really impressive nuttiness. Walnuts and almonds. The aftertaste is a mix of bitter and sweet. The mouthfeel is medium to thick. Definitely good for the beer. Overall, this is a huge flavor bomb with some really interesting notes. I would definitely buy again.

Jun 27, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by stortore from Illinois

375 ml bottle into a snifter. 2020 edition, had 5/17/21.

Pours near black and opaque, with a short, quickly dissipating head and light, foamy specks of cling. Aromas of coffee, oak, brown sugar, chocolate, molasses, some char. Bourbon and caramel come into play as it warms, vanilla when fully warmed. The flavors all display more immediately- bourbon, vanilla, coffee, malt, chocolate, brown sugar, some caramel, some oak and char. Smooth, a little dry, a very good medium to full body, well carbonated.

This really opens up when it’s warm. Lots of solid aromas and flavors, with the coffee showing well overall and the vanilla big in the flavor. The add- ins make this a little better than the straight BA version. Really enjoyable.

Jun 22, 2021
4.94 by BrookW from Virginia on May 23, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - black thick with a slight head lacing and head
Smell - coffee vanilla with a roasty malt with a slight caramel woody scent
Taste - roasty malts with a coffee vanilla caramel barrel taste
Feel - medium body and a light carb
Overall - tasty beer

May 10, 2021
4.56 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts on Feb 27, 2021
5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 09, 2021
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3.2/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by SFACRKnight from Colorado

I'm not sure what happened here. Reading other reviews it seems my experience was atypical.
Pours black with a slight tan head. Not much coffee but vanilla wafts from the snifter a mile away. As it warms it's all sweet vanilla fudge and other confections. Flavor is super sweet vanilla. Not much roast or hops to balance this beer out. Cloying as it warms. Mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation is prickly like drinking a cola. Overall this beer drinks like a soda and less like a beer. Probably wont revisit.

Dec 12, 2020
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 23, 2020
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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by trevormajor from Ohio

12.7 Fl Oz bottle, 2020 vintage, poured into a tulip glass at 50 degrees F:
L - black with a hazelnut head that dissipated, leaving a slight ring around the glass
S - nice blend of malt, bourbon, coffee, vanilla
T - vanilla on the nose, followed by mild bourbon in the middle and then finishing with dry coffee. absolutely delicious
F - signature Jackie O's, thick full bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation, flavors linger on your tongue
O - another great beer from a great brewery. Can't wait until they get to CBus!!

Nov 13, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

Another variant from the DA line lists as vanilla, coffee bean, and bourbon. The flavors are front and center, in what I consider: blending a sweet vanilla BA stout with a pure coffee stout. The result is very balanced, roasty, sweet, and bitter. The bourbon is a bit lost but that doesn't take away from the overall quality.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Nov 08, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by bret27 from California

Early 2020 bottle courtesy of Draftdaddy.
Great balanced and melded flavors of coffee, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, coffee.
Fairly thin bodied. Not “boozy”.
Very good BA stout.

Oct 28, 2020
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4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

19 October 2020 - Beer #199

Price: $16.25 Craft Beer Cellar in Washington, D.C.

Appearance: 5 - so dark brown it's basically black, opaque. No head but beautiful lacing.

Nose: 4 - pretty roasty, but that's about it.

Taste: 5 - almost all barrel. Wow. I mean, pow! The coffee sneaks in at the back end to balance out the sweetness. Well played.

Mouth: 4 - a little thin, but sticks around forever

Overall: 5 - so glad this popped up at the store the day I was in town.


Oct 21, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by CraigDeMoss from Kansas

Pretty normal looking. Slight head that fizzled to a foamy ring, carbonation galaxy swirl effect thing goin on. Nose is smooth bourbon oak, rich vanilla and chocolate caramel. Really decadent caramel chocolate brownie batter bourbon balls with some marshmallow. Soft and full body, creamy, great balanced bitterness, dangerous! May be one of the most enjoyable bba stouts I’ve had. Giverago

Sep 17, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by cbutova from Massachusetts

A- Pours as black as Immortals face paint from the 375ml stubby into a becher glass. A crown forms on the beer to a finger high with a frothy and creamy texture. Spotty lacing.

S- The barrel and malts are the showcase here more than the rest. Sticky and spicy Bourbon barrel with some woody and peppery caramel hints. The vanilla acts nicely to bridge the barrel, booze and malts together. Roast barley, dark chocolate, toasted nuts, charred wood, caramel, slight dark dry fruits and classic Bourbon. Coffee somewhat an afterthought here.

T- The vanilla bean and the barrel work and marry together especially well acting to soften the impact of the roast grains and the booze. Pure, fresh vanilla notes open up for heavy coffee bean notes which weren't as intense on the aroma. That all folds right into the spicy, charred oak wood and caramel Bourbon notes. Dark chocolate, roast barley, nuts, toast, toffee, espresso and a touch of booze.

MF- Medium bodied for this style with a low to moderate carbonation hit. The texture is slightly creamy and slick and fairly smooth. Booze makes the finish pretty warm and cuts into the softness of the beer just a bit.

Plenty of Bourbon and a lot of vanilla. The barrel is pretty dominant and you leave each sip with that charred spicy sticky whiskey flavor coating the palate. The coffee and stout feels a bit secondary but that feels a bit harsh because the balance is pretty darn good here overall.

Sep 07, 2020
4.39 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Sep 06, 2020
4.49 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Jul 26, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very small tan head. Solid black body.

Smell: Bourbon oak, vanilla bean, semisweet chocolate. Very nice.

Taste: Complex and balanced. Dark roasty malt, bourbon, only a bit of coffee, milk chocolate.

Feel: Smooth although dry on the finish, probably a bit of booze. Creamy, full-bodied, and only light carbonation.

Jul 22, 2020
4.08 by crobinso from Colorado on Jun 14, 2020
4.5 by paulish from New York on Jun 13, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 21.49 (Including shipping)/12.7 oz bottle ($ 1.69/oz). Received 5/30/20 from Craftshack, San Diego, CA. Reviewed 6/5/20.
Undated bottle. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.25.
First pour – Brown (SRM 20), slight haze.
Body – Deep Brown (SRM 40), opaque. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive center pour), brown, fizzy, high density, short retention, quickly gone leaving one small area of bubbles fed by a thin stream of effervescence. This tiny stream lasts almost the entire drinking time.
Lacing – None, as expected for a 12.8% ABV coffee brew.
Aroma – 4.25 – Initially sweet and roasted caramel malty, overlapped by a burst of bitter coffee, a bit of bourbon, no vanilla, no yeast, no hops.
Flavor – 4.25 – Slightly sweet, mild coffee, mild bourbon, no vanilla, no hops, no yeast. No alcohol (12.8% ABV, as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl or dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, slightly creamy, soft lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation – 4 (Minus 0.25 point for undated personal container) Palate seems a bit light for an alleged Russian Imperial Stout. Flavors are mild and easy to swallow – so mild it is hard to justify the price point. Oddly enough, no gastric warming. Looks like most RIS on the market. I’m disappointed.

Jun 05, 2020
4.37 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mkh012 from Colorado

2020 vintage.

Pours near-black with a thin tan head.

The nose is vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, and mild soy sauce.

The taste is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cherry, and bourbon. Very mild boozy heat.

The mouthfeel is medium+ with subtle drying oak.

Overall, very good. Refined. The coffee, vanilla, and bourbon barrel meld seamlessly with the base.

May 24, 2020
4.6 by HopBelT from Belgium on May 03, 2020
4.34 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio on Apr 30, 2020
4.25 by imperialking from Illinois on Apr 17, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Pitch black, no head. French roast coffee, lush vanilla, bourbon, caramel, dark chocolate, wood, and walnut in the nose. Taste sees the depth of these flavors add dimensions: heat and coolness, roast and creaminess, smooth and sharp, roast and earth. Goes down dangerously easy, viscous, boozy, creamy, and somewhat syrupy. The wife liked it

Apr 16, 2020
4.57 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Mar 30, 2020
Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla & Coffee Beans from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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